It’s that time of the year again. I have mixed feelings about New Year’s resolutions and goals. Resolutions aren’t worth a thing without commitment. And goals are worthless unless they are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-oriented). So I only set goals I intend to achieve. Before I share my 2013 goals, let me review my 2012 goals:
- Publish my first novel, Small Change, through the Kindle Direct Publishing program. Done.
- Implement my marketing plan for my first novel. Done.
- Finish and publish my current work-in-progress, Life of the Party: A Tale of Politics, Rap Music, and Social Media. Well, it was done, sort of. I finished a first draft and decided to shelve it after concluding the massive revisions required would take me past the 2012 election, when I had hoped to release it. Half-done.
- Revise the first draft of my second novel, Color Him Father. I never got to this. Life got in the way. Not done.
- Write a 100,000 word novel. I wrote a 50,000-word novel for National Novel Writing Month so mark that as half-completed. Half-done.
- Attend a writer’s conference. Done.
- Read at least 25 books, including at least two books on the craft of fiction writing. I read 26 books, including three craft books. Done
- Maintain my blog and post new essays at least twice a week. Done.
- Engage regularly with other writers. This is not exactly a SMART goal but I did accomplish it. Done.
When I consider my 2013 goals, this will be the Year of Revision. With three first drafts hanging around, it doesn’t make sense to start a new project. So here are my 2013 goals:
- Revise, edit, and publish one of my three first drafts.
- Attend a writer’s conference.
- Read at least 25 books a year.
- Maintain my blog and post two new essays per week.
- Eat healthy and exercise three times a week.
That is it, folks.
What are your 2013 goals?